The Q&A Archives: Recommended Trees Under Power Lines

Question: I want to plant two trees under power lines that will not get taller than 25 ft and that will offer shade to cars in the summer. The area gets full sun in the summer. I do not want a tree that is short lived or is prone to wind damage.

Thank you.

Answer: Most trees grow within a general range of heights, with even so-called small trees often topping that 25 foot mark. So to meet all of the criteria, you might want to take a look at some of the newer crabapple varieties with good disease resistance and that hold their fruit rather than drop it all over the pavement. They are strong wooded, tolerant of difficult growing situations, prefer full sun, and are finely ornamental with lovely flowers. Named varieties grow to fairly specific heights -- with a good selection to chose from being under 25 feet at maturity. Your local nursery should have a good selection, particularly in the spring. Your local nursery and/or county extension may also have additional suggestions.

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